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"Children of the Frontier 

Comite Franco-Americain pour la protection des 
Enfants de la Frontiere 


January 1, 1918 

rie and Simone Truchon, and father. Before the war the father was 
a mason. He has been at the front since war broke out. The mother, left 
with four children, found it difficult to give them sufficient nourishment. 
She had lost a little boy of tubercular meningitis in 190S. In March, 1916, 
a second boy, Rene, died of the same malady, and in February, 1917, the 
mother succumbed to the same disease. A month later the four-year-old 
daughter, Simone,_ died of bronchial pneumonia following measles. Marie 
has been placed in the Sanatorium _ of Ormesson, at the expense of the 
Committee, and a boy, Alphonse, is in our colony at Gourin. 

American Office and Work Rooms 
18 West 57th St., New York City 

French Headquarters 
77 rue d'Amsterdam, Paris, France 







Comite Franco-Americain pour la Protection des 
Enfants de la Frontiere 

Tel. Circle 739 

Officers and Executive Com- 
mittee in Paris 

77 Rue d' Amsterdam 

Mrs. Cooper Hewitt, 

Honorary President 
Mr. August F. Jaccaci, 

Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 

Mr. Arthur Hugh Frazier, 

CoMTESSE Pierre de Viel-Castel 
Mrs. William H. Hill 
Miss Emily R. Cross 
Mr. Carl F. Taylor 

Officers and Executive Com- 
mittee in New York 

Mr. Frederick R. Coudert, 

Miss V. D. H. Furman, 
Assistant Treasurer, 

c/o Columbia Trust Co., 
358 Fifth Avenue, 
New York 
Miss Martha L. Draper, 
Chairman of Adoptions 
Mrs. W. K. B. Emerson, 
Secretary of Adoptions 
Mrs. Joseph Lindon Smith, 

Field Secretary 
Mrs. Charles P. Howland, 
Secretary of Executive 

Chairman of Supply 
Mr. Paul D. Cravath 
Mr. Harry Harkness Flagler 
Mr. Charles P. Howland 
Mr. W. F. M. Cutcheon 
Miss Rosina S. Hoyt 

Miss Helen C. Wilson, 
Executive Secretary 

This sister, 72 years old, with two of her young 
helpers, is arranging her traditional bouquet for 
guests. Thanks to her work and care in the gar- 
den the colony has not suffered from lack of fresh 


January 1, 1918 

The work of 
this Committee 
was inaugurated 
in 1914 as an 
emergency rehef 
measure to care 
for a small num- 
ber of the desti- 
tute refugees 
from the invad- 
ed districts of 
France and Bel- 
gium. Steadily 
it has broadened 
in scope, and be- 
come more per- 
manent in char- 
acter, and the 
prolongation of 
the war, with the 

Le Long family at Liaucourt-Fosse, near Roge, in the • ' + q'K1 in' 

Somme. They were living in the ruins of their stable ineVlXaDlC lU" 
without sufficient food, clothing or heat. There was no 

hope of schooling this winter, so we took the three boys CrCaSC Of miSCrV 
and neighbors are going to help care for the mother, the "^ ' 

little girl and baby who are left. The father and older rnnlrPQ it TYinTP 

brother are prisoners in Germany and they have had no lllclivca It IIIUI C 

news of them since they were taken. . . ■. 

imperative than 
ever that we should bear our share of the burden. 

The following statement of the work accomplished 
during the last j^ear will be of interest to those who 
have so generousty supported this undertaking. 


PERIOD !CA!. rifW'<*»p<ii) 
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[page four] 

The father of these boys suffers from deafness and the shock undergone when an 
obus exploded beside him. Tlie mother falling ill, was taken to a hospital for a serious 
operation. Faced with the situation of being obliged to return to the front and with 
leaving the two boys and a seven-year-old daughter absolutely alone, the poor man 
turned to a Sister of Charity of the neighborhood, who directed the children to the 
Franco-American Committee, which has taken the children under its care. The mother 
hopes to take her children back should she recover and regain her strength. 

The Work in France 
We have been fortunate in having several members 
on our Executive Committee in Paris, long resident in 
France, through whom it has been possible to keep in 
exceptionally close and sympathetic touch with the 
French people and government. It is because the work 
has the confidence of the French that we have been able 
to obtain the devoted services of the Sisters and Fathers 
to care for the children, and the active assistance of 
many individuals who give time and service, buildings 
and furnishings. 

Relationship with Red Cross 

A close and harmonious relationship has been estab- 
lished with the Red Cross in France. Mr. Carl Taylor, 
of our Committee, is also a Red Cross official, and Mrs. 
William H. EKll is in charge of one department of the 
new Children's Bureau which the Red Cross has just 
estabhshed under the able direction of Dr. Lucas, a 
child specialist, loaned by the University of California. 

[page five] 

There are thus two hason officers for these organizations, 
and already much benefit has resulted from this co- 
ordination of the work for the thousands of destitute 
children in France. 

Mr. Auguste F. Jaccaci, the President of the Comite, 
is Advisor of the Children's Bureau of the Red Cross 
and has given valuable assistance to Dr. Lucas in the 
latter's Red Cross work. 

The Comite extends most heartfelt thanks to the 
officials of the Red Cross, both in France and America, 
for their assistance in shipping supplies, and for a 
donation of $5,000.00 for office expenses in France for 
1918, and for having assigned to our service one of its 
physicians. Dr. Frederic Hart Wilson, to care for the 
children in our colonies, and for many other kindnesses. 

Carpenters' Class at Cabourg. 


A special effort is being made to educate the children 
adequately. In some of the colonies it is possible for 
the children to attend the schools in the neighboring 
towns; but in others, owing either to lack of schools 
or to the health of the children, it has been found neces- 

[PAGE six] 

sary to supply kindergartens and special teachers. 
Often the repatriated children have been entirely with- 
out schooling for three years, and special training is 
necessary to help- them take their places in the indus- 
trial world. 

The Comite gives the children a regular education up 
to the age of thirteen, and after that the girls are trained 
in domestic science, sewing, lace-making, etc., and the 
in domestic science, sewing, lace-making, etc., and 
the boys apprenticed. They are taught carpentry, 

printing, cobbling, agri- 
culture, and other trades. 
Sixty-seven boj'-s are now 
apprenticed, their earn- 
ings being paid over to 
the Comite as legal guar- 
dian, and used for the 
benefit of each boy. 

Medical Treatment 

Sincere thanks and ap- 
preciation are due Dr. 
Charles Fleck, an Ameri- 
can physician who, for 
four months, gave untir- 
ing and devoted care to 
the children. 

Dr. Fleck reports that 
he found the general 
health of the children re- 
markably good, but that 
about 80 per cent, of 
them suffer to some de- 
gree from structural 
irregularities affecting 
respiration, digestion and 

This little boy has been motherless since 
1906. His father has disappeared. The 
aunt, who had cared for Raymond and his 
two brothers, finding herself in a distressing 
situation financially, has asked the Franco- 
American Committee for the Protection of 
the Children of the Frontier to take care 
of Raymond, who came to the Committee 
in an emaciated and jenemic condition. 

circulation. This 


[page seven] 

percentage is, of course, due to the wretched conditions 
in which they have been hving. In many cases correc- 
tive exercises, training in hygiene, and much out-door 
living will be sufficient to remedy these defects ; others, 
more serious, will require extended treatment. 

Dr. Fleck's work has resulted in evident improve- 
ment in the condition of the children, and he is planning 
to return next summer to establish a summer camp 
colony for about two hundred of the children who are 
most in need of such special oversight and treatment. 

Dr. Brodeur at Work. 
Dr._ Brodeur is a graduate of the Harvard Dental School and his services have 
been given us for a year. 


An American dentist, Dr. A. P. Brodeur, has been 
busy for many months getting the children's neglected 
teeth into hygienic condition. 


It is with the greatest appreciation and gratitude that 
we give the list of our volunteer workers in France. 
Their contribution of unselfish and efficient service is 
invaluable, and we only wish it were possible to give 
a detailed report of what each has accomplished. The 

[page eight] 

Executive Committee never could have accomplished 
such an amazing amount of work had it not been for 
the untiring help of these volunteers. 

Miss Lucina Bateson 
Miss Marjory Cheney 
Miss Emily R. Cross 
Mrs, Wm. Olmsted, Jr. 
Mrs. C. T. Owens 

Miss Helen L. Russell 
Mrs. Frances Shaw 
Mrs. Richard P. Strong 
Miss Erica Thorpe 

Number of Children in care of the Comite 

The comite had under its care, on December 1, 1917, 

1,365 children, distributed among seven Paris depots, 

and twenty-sev- 
en colonies lo- 
cated in differ- 
ent parts of 
France. The av- 
erage per capita 
cost for their 
maintenance is 
Frs. 1.15. 

Sources from 
which the 
Children Come 

The children 
are collected 
from Belgium 
and Alsace-Lor- 
raine, and from 
many parts of 
invaded France: 
the Aisne and 

Children of a retaken village of the Somme at school XVlieimS rCglOUS, 

in a cellar. All of these children had been under the , AT r. ,. v^ ^ 

domination of the Germans, and a close study of the faces t H 6 i'l a 1 II C, 

will show that their spirit has been quite crushed. The 

visitors found them unresponsive and silent when one J^ommC, JVleUr- 

would have looked for life and spontaneity. 

[page nine] 

the et Moselle, Lille (Nord), Pas de Calais, Charle- 
ville, and many repatriated from the "stolen country" 
through Evian. In many cases they arrive barefoot 
and with only a gingham apron to protect them from 
the cold. They are all frightened and homeless, many 
of them ill from shock and exposure. One little boy 
of three was so shattered that he did not speak for 
three months after his arrival; but in most cases a few 
weeks restores the confidence of the child. 

Boys Playing by the Sea at Cabourg. 

New Colonies 

Two hundred and sixty new children have been 
brought in during the last three months, and new 
colonies to house them are being opened as rapidly as 
buildings can be secured and made ready. 

A mountain farm colony in the south of France is 
being opened, with the assistance of Mile, de Rose, 
where special training in all kinds of agriculture is to 
be given. It is hoped that this colony will be self-sup- 
porting at the end of three years. There will be a sani- 
torium for delicate boys connected with it. 

[page ten] 

ing number 

The generosity of Mrs. J. Low Harriman has made 
possible the estabhshment of a sanitorium at Berck for 
tubercular cases, of which there is a large and increas- 
About a third of these are in plaster. 

There is also 
a new colony 
with a capacity 
to care for fifty 
little children 
from one to 
three years old. 

Prevention of 

Most of the 
children come 
from the invad- 
ed districts, but 
occasionally chil- 
dren from Paris 
are taken when 
they are found 
in the care of 
tuberculous par- 
ents or guard- 

TJaby born of a French mother now dead and a German 
father, in a retaken village of the Somme. 

Colonies and Depots 

Following is a list of the colonies and depots where 
the 1,365 children under the care of the Comite were 
housed on December 1st, 1917: 

[page eleven] 

Picture of Children Injured in Bombardments at La Jonchere. 



1 Berck 


2 Blois 

Under the special charge 
or protection of 

Mrs. J. Low Harriman 
Mrs. Wm. H. Hill 

No. of 
Capa- Dec. 1 
city 1917 


Sanatorium for 30 14 

tubercular children 
(bone & glands) new 

Colony for girls 40 40 

Soeurs de la Provi- 

3 Brandon 

4 Cabourg 

5 Caen 

6 Chasseneuil 

7 Chateaubourg 

[page twelve] 

Colony for girls 33 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
de Cluny 

Chicago Colony managed Colony for boys 
by Mrs. Richard P. Strong Soeurs de St. 

Vincent de Paul 

Colony for girls 
Soeurs de Bon 



Colony for girls 46 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Colony for girls 23 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
de Cluny 






8 Les Clarisses 

9 Cluny 

10 La Cour 

11 Elancourt 

12 Goiirin 

13 Grandbourg 

14 Issy-les-Moulineux 

15 La Jonchere 

16 Maisons Alforts 

17 Boulogne 
("Maison Francoise' 

18 Morangis 

19 Nemours 

Under the special charge 
or protection of 

Comtesse Pierre de Viel- 
Castel and Mrs. Walter 
Gaj^ & Comtesse Charles 

No. of 
Capa- Dec. 1 
Description city 1917 

Colony for girls 20 
Soeurs de St. Joseph, 

Colony for boys 60 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
de Cluny 

Colony for boys 90 
Soeurs de St. 
^'incent de Paul 

Colony for boys 
Soeurs de St. 
"S'incent de Paul 


Colony for boys 52 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
de Clunv 

20 Neuilly 

21 Les Ombrages 

22 Oulins 

Miss Emily R. Cross 

Miss Emily R. Cross 
Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss 
Mrs. Oliver Roosevelt 

Mrs. G. Stanley 
Miss Helen L. Russell 

Mrs. Francis Shaw 

Mrs. Beverly MacMonagle 

Colony for girls 
Soeurs de Notre 
Dame de Sion 

Colony for boys 

Boys and girls 




Colony for boys 30 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
de Cluny 

Colony for little 
boys and girls 

Colony for boys 
Soeurs de Notre 
Dame des Anges 

Colony for girls 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 




Colony for boys 29 
and girls. Soeurs de 
St. Vincent de Paul 

Comtesse Pierre de Viel- 
Castel and Mrs. Walter 

Mrs. Wm. H. Hill 

Colony for girls 69 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 
d' Ypres 

Colony for boys 44 
and girls. Soeurs de 
St. Joseph d'Ypres 















[page thirteen] 

No. of 



Under the special charge 
or protection of 



Dec. 1 

23 Perreux 

Colony for girls 
Open April- 
November only 


24 Presles 

Miss Marjorie Cheney 

Colony for boys 62 
Soeurs de St. Theresa 


de Jesus 

25 Rennes 

Mme and Mille Guillemot 

Colony for girls 



26 Rosay 

Mrs. Wm. H. Hill 

Colony for boys 28 
Soeurs de St. Joseph 


27 St. Laurent 

Colony for girls 25 
(new) not yet open 

Paris Depots 

1 Bobillot 

2 Gentilly 

3 Meuniers 

4 Reuilly 

5 Sevres 

6 Stephenson 

7 Tombe Issoire 

Depot for girls 40 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Depot for girls 20 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Depot for girls 34 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Depot for boys 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Depot for boys 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 

Depot for girls 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 


Depot for boys 30 
Soeurs de St. 
Vincent de Paul 










There were also children specially cared for, as follows: 

Placed temporarily in private sanatoria 19 

Placed temporarily in hospitals 6 

Apprenticed 4^3 

Placed out 33 

[page fourteen] 

Marraine System 

The adoption or "marraine" system of providing for 
the support of our children has developed until 688 
children have American "godparents." These "god- 
parents" contribute $72 a year for the support of each 
child, and many also give $25 additional to supply the 

In order to extend this helpful and intimate relation- 
ship, all the work of this department has been trans- 
ferred to the New York office, and placed under the 

Here with the help of one of the farmers of the country-side, who loaned his 
horses, his plow and his harrow, were planted 350 kilos of potatoes. The children 
have done most of the work of hoeing and putting in hills. If the season is good 
there should be a crop of three tons of potatoes. 

direct charge of Mrs. W. K. B. Emerson, 18 West 
57th Street, New York., to whom all correspondence 
from marraines, and applications for children, should 
be addressed, and who will gladly furnish detailed 

The Paris Committee is anxious to start a Christmas 
Fund for the children, to insure each child having some 
gift. We will be grateful, therefor, to receive any 
contributions in money ( not articles ) toward this fund, 

[page fifteen] 

and will forward it direct to Paris, thus assuring an 
equal happiness to every child. 

Work in the United States 

On this side of the water the work has grown to 
correspond with the increased demands from the French 
headquarters. The organization has gradually become 
more widely known until there are now groups and 
individuals all over the United States who are contrib- 
uting toward the work. 

Much of this growth is due to the tireless energy of 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lindon Smith, who, during the 
year, visited forty-eight towns and cities, organizing and 
speaking on behalf of the children. This year they are 
continuing the work, their recent visit to France making 
it possible for them to give a first-hand report of 
present conditions. 

Supply Committee 

Clothing, food and supplies of all kinds have been 
shipped in large quantities from the United States, and 
it is hoped that this year we may be able greatly to 
extend this service. 

Work in Schools 

A great accession ta our strength has come in the 
form of the organized help of the domestic science 
departments of many schools, both public and private. 
This contribution of the children of America to the 
children of France promises to be of great value. 

Number of Articles Shipped 

The total number of articles of clothing shipped to 
France during 1917, from all groups and individuals 
combined, is 85,000. 

[page sixteen] 

Contributions of Sewing or Donated Garments 

The Comite is deeply grateful to all those groups 

and individuals who have made it possible to clothe 

these children warmly and comfortably. 

A list follows of the towns and cities from which 

these garments have come. Only lack of space prevents 

more detailed acknowledgment. 

A corner of the Vestiaire of the Franco-American Committee for the Protection 
of the Children of the Frontier after the arrival of cases from America. 

[page seventeen] 

Towns and Cities Contributing Sewing and Clothing 

Akkon, Ohio 

Several affiliated groups, sending 7 bags and 5 boxes of clothing, 
Miss Irene Seiberling. 

Ank Arbor, Michigan 

Ivarge center of many affiliated groups, under dierction of Mrs. Louis 
P. Hall, sending large quantities of supplies regularly. 

Albany, N. Y. 

Newly organized group, Mrs. J. Fennimore Cooper, chairman. 

Athens, Vt. 

Sewing group, Mrs. Ned W. Wyman, chairman 

Atlantic City, N. J. 

Auburn, Ind. 

Donations of many thousand articles, through Mrs. Anise C. Leas. 

Burlington, Vt. 

Sewing and donations from several individuals. 


Garments made. 

Boston, Mass. 

Garments made. 

Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Sewing and donations by groups, individuals and schools. 

Buffalo, N. Y. 

Donations of clothing and sewing from several individuals. Miss 
Emily Mettey. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

New England Clothing Committee for the Children of the Frontier, 
39 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass., Miss Constance Hall, chairman. 
Shipping center for New England, including many groups and indi- 

Canandaigua, N. Y. 

Canandaigua Academy and individuals, sewing. Miss A. P. Granger. 

Casanova, Va. 

Sewing group, Mrs. Annie C. S. Nourse, chairman. 

Cleveland, Ohio. 

Donations from individuals. 

Clarkton, Va. 

Garments made. 

Chicago, III. 

Sub-committee and shipping center for Illinois. Mrs. Russell Tyson, 
chairman; Chicago and neighboring groups. 

Celina, Ohio. 

Clothing made. 

Columbus, Ohio 

Several groups, sending large contributions, Mrs. John V. Bonney, 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 

Garments made. 

Devon, Pa. 

"Little White Cottage" Donation. 

Geneva, Ohio. 

Sewing, Trumbull School. 

[page eighteen] 

Greenwich^ Conn. 

Clothing made. 

Greenwich, N. Y. 

Hamilton, Mass. 

Making Garments. 

Howell, Mich. 

Making Garments. 

Jackson, Michigan 

Sewing and contributions from several individuals and groups. 

Kansas City, Mo. 

Donation of clothing. 

Labchmont, N. Y. 

Sewing, public school. 

Madison, Ohio. 

Making Garments. 

Meadvtlle, Pa. 

Belgian Relief Society, and individuals; regular shipments of sewing 
and many donations, Mrs. P. H. Richard. 

McKenney, Va. 

Clothing made. 

Menlo Park, Cal. 

Donations of clothing and supplies. 

Miami, Fla. 

Making Garments. 

Mineola, N. Y. 

Nassau County Association, regular consignments of sewing. 


Making Garments. 

Mt. Holly, N. Y. 

Making garments. 

Mt. Pocano (Swiftwater), N. Y. 

Sewing and donations, Miss Esther Fisher. 

MuNCiE, Ind. 

Four large boxes of clothing contributed by the school children. 

New Bedford, 

Making garments, Mrs. Horatio Hathaway. 

Newport, R. I. 

Donation of clothing. 

New York City 

Sewing and donations from: 

All Souls Unitarian Church through Mrs. Geo. R. Bishop. 

Grace Mission through Mrs. Paul Dana. 

Madison Ave. Presbyterian Church through Miss K. A. Frost. 

Ethical Culture School. 

St. James Church through Deaconess Van Brochdorff. 

St. Thomas Church through Mrs. R. V. Elliott and Mrs. C. S. Kerby. 

National Special Aid Society through Mrs. Chas. Ditson. 

Trinity Mission. 

Woman's Work Shop, through Mrs. Wm. C. Osborn. 

Many individuals. 

[page nineteen] 

New YorKj Westchester Coukty. 

Red Cross Chapters, sewing and donations. 

Armonk Harmon-on-Hudson 

White Plains Pelham 

Ardsley Hartsdale 

Bedford Hills Katonah 

Bronxville Briarcliff 

Peekskill Dobbs Ferry 

Hastings-on-Hudson Ossining 

Port Chester Mt. Kisco 

Yonkers Pleasantville 

Rye Yorktown Heights 

Mamaroneck New Rochelle 

OatJifaTJiT, Me. 

Making Garments. 

Orange, N. J. 

Making Garments. 

PassaiCj N. J. 

Peace Dale, R. I. 

Sewing and donations, Mrs. O. C. Goodwin. 

Perth Aiuboy, N. J. 

Making Garments. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 


Sewing and donations, Mrs. C. B. Boorum. 

Providence^ R. I. 

Several groups, individuals and schools; much sewing and many 

Redlastds, Cal. 

Making garments. 

Richmond, Va. 

Donations, Mrs. Stuart Bryan. 


Sewing and donations. 


St. Louis, Mo. 

Large center, comprising several groups, and shipping many boxes of 
clothing and supplies, Mrs. Gouverneur Calhoun. 

Stockbridge, Mass. 

Donation of clothing. 

Syosset, L. I. 

Sewing and donations. 

Troy, N. Y. 


Windsor, Vt. 


Walpole, N. H. 

Sewing and donations, Mrs. F. Spaulding. 

Warren, Pa. 

Sewing and donations. 

[page twenty] 

WashingtoNj D. C. 

Several groups, sending many boxes of clothing. 

Westbrook, Me. 

Making garments, Mrs. E. S. Cobb. 

Weston, Mass. 


Donations and sewing, Mrs. Joseph Bancroft, 


Making Garments, Miss Edith Edwards. 

Ypsilanti, Mich. 

Making garments. 

Two experts in the lace-class at Versailles, Les Ombrages, colony 
of the Comite Franco-Americain pour la Protection des Enfants de 
la Frontiere, under the special protection of Countess Pierre de 
Viel-Castel and Mrs. Walter Gay. 

[page twenty-one] 

Requirements for 1918 

Those who are helping us in the work of clothing the 
children under the care of the Comite will be interested 
to know what the requirements are for 1918. In round 
numbers the Paris Committee has asked for the follow- 
ing garments: 

4000 black sateen aprons 
12000 gingham aprons 
15000 pairs of stockings 

800 pairs of socks for older boys 

3000 handkerchiefs 
600 hair brushes 
600 combs 

5000 cakes Ivory soap 

8000 wash cloths 

3000 pairs khaki trousers 

3000 gingham blouses 

3000 flannel blouses 

6000 negligee shirts 

6000 nightshirts 

6000 nightgowns 

1500 cotton dresses 

9000 chemises 

4000 underwaists and corset covers 

5000 pairs of drawers 

4000 petticoats 

1500 caps 

1000 sweaters 
500 boys' suits 

1000 wool dresses 

1000 coats and caps 
and mittens, mufflers, suspehders, etc., in indefinite numbers. 

Only the continued help of all our sewing groups 
will enable us to fill this requisition. 

New York Work Rooms 

24,592 garments have been cut, sorted, counted, sent 
out, and, together with an almost equal number of 
donated garments, packed for shipment to France in 
the New York work rooms. This immense amount of 
work could never have been accomplished had it not 
been for the efficient and steady co-operation of the 

[page twenty-two] 

New York volunteer workers in a task which has con- 
sisted mostly of hard and monotonous drudgery, with- 
out the inspiration which immediate contact with the 
great struggle has given to the volunteer workers on 
the other side of the water. Our thanks are due to all 
who have made it possible to meet the demands upon 
the New York office, and especially to those whose 
names follow: 

Miss Mary C. Brown Mrs. Fred. C. Lord 

Mrs. F. R. Coudert Mrs. J. MacDonough 

Mrs. George A, Crocker, Jr. Mrs. R. M. Parsons 

Mrs. R. J. Cross Mrs. Charles Phelps 

Mrs. Cutler Mrs. L. B. Rand 

Mrs. W, North Duane Miss Emily Redmond 

Mrs. Peter Farnum Miss Lelia Redmond 

Miss Harriet Hammond Mrs. Horace Russell 

Miss Mary Hayden Miss M. L. Russell 

Mrs. Charles D. Hazen Mrs. H. S. Satterlee 

Mrs. Colgate Hoyt, Jr. Mrs. L. Graeme Scott 

Mrs. Henry Hoyt Mrs. Guy Scull 

Miss F. L. Howland Mrs. Henry R. Stern 

Mrs. W. H. Hutcheson Miss Helen Taylor 

Mrs. E. C. Jameson Mrs. Maurice Tremblay 

Mrs. Pierre Jay Miss N. du Vivier 

Especial acknowledgment and thanks is due also to 
JNIrs. Henry Wise Wood for her work in raising a 
special blanket fund. 

A large debt of appreciation and gratitude is due to 
Judge Frederick R. Wells for the use of work rooms 
for eight months, and to M. Charvet & Cie for our 
present quarters. 


The French government has recently organized the 
Service de Transport France- Amerique, which works 
as an auxiliary autonomous service attached to the 
Under- Secretaryship for Maritime Transports and to 
the War Office. The aim of this service is to overcome 
the difficulties in the transportation of gifts in kind from 

[page twenty-three] 

America to France. The gifts are received and trans- 
mitted, without charge to the donors, to the benefiting 
organizations in France. The Service accepts all gifts 
in kind, such as food products, clothing, etc., with the 
exception of worn articles of clothing or perishable 

Through the great generosity of the French govern- 
ment, the Comite Franco- Americain is able to ship all 
its supplies by means of the Service, and extends its 
thanks for this great gift, which has made possible the 
continuation of its work in America. 

It is with regret that we must ask our contributors to 
discontinue sending us worn clothing. 


Without the steady and increasing interest and sup- 
port of the hundreds of marraines and contributors to 
the funds of the Comite, the work in France could not 
have continued. To all those whose contributions dur- 
ing the past year have made possible the comfort, 
health and safety of this regiment of refugee children, 
the Comite, in the name of the children, extends its 
most sincere and earnest thanks, and asks for continued 
support during the trying times ahead. 

[page twenty-four] 

The mother of this delicate little boy died of a painful 
illness during the bombardment of Poperinghe, after which 
her six children were left to themselves and obliged to beg for 
food in the streets. Little Nestor came to Paris on July ,31st 
with fifty refugee children from the North, all of whom were 
received by the Comite Franco- Americain pour la Protection 
des Enfants de la Frontiere. Nestor was suffering from ricketts 
and was too weak to stand or walk. He has an excellent 
rnentality and a smile which wins all hearts. Though weak, 
his physical improvement is perceptible. He is at La Jonchiere, 
the Sanatorium of the Committee, which is under the special 
protection of Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss. 

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Following is a statement of all sums expended by the American 
committee since the organisation of the Comite Franco-American in 
August, 1914., to December 31, 1917: 

General Fund 

Remittances to Paris, for the support of the children. . $161,416.72 

Purchase of materials, shoes, and clothing, etc 33,874.51 

Purchase of food 4,800.19 

Purchase of blankets . 1,892.50 

Passage for nurse 78.75 

Purchase of books (special donation) 50.00 

Total $202,112.67 

Adoption Fund 

Remittances to Paris for support of "adopted" children $66,410.45 

Cable and exchange on checks 11.13 

Total . . .' $66,421.58 

Administration Fund 

(All administration expenses are paid for from a 
fund specially contributed for that purpose; donations 
and subscriptions to the general and adoption funds go 
entirely to the support of the children.) 

Salaries $2,230.38 

Expenses of bazaars, Chicago and New York 795.45 

Office expenses (tel., light 7c.) 550.52 

Stationery, printing, postage, cables, telegrams 1,982.61 

Expressage 88.74 

Miscellaneous 734.99 

Total $6,517.99 

(Sgd) Frederic R. Coudert, 


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Following is a statement of all expenditures in France, from 
January 1, 1917, to October 31, 1917. Delays in communication 
make it impossible to give the statement for the full year. Amounts 
are in francs. 

January 1 to October 31, 1917 

General and Marraine Funds 

Support of colonies Frs. 257,533.30 

Support of Paris depots 45,621.75 

Children requiring special care 3,244.75 

For maintenance of children in hospitals and private 

institutions 7,355.50 

Clothing 27,943.80 

Medical services 4 157.65 

Dentist, supplies, etc 2,264.80 

Provisions (special purchases) 943.00 

Expense account 1 416.00 

General charities . 1 282.00 

Advertising 36.00 

Miscellaneous 986.10 

Total Frs. 352,784.65 

Expenditures covered by special donations 34,164.00 


Administration Account 

(All administration expenses are paid from spe- 
cially contributed funds, and not from the general 
or marraine funds.) 

Rent Frs. 3,341.85 

Light and heat 557.10 

Fixtures and fittings 2,339.55 

Salaries 15,414.60 

Transportation 749.40 

Stamps, telephone and telegraph 3,237.65 

Stationery and books 2,214.55 

Sundries 795.85 

Typewriters 1,935.00 

Insurance 118.85 

Travelling expenses 825.30 

Expense of motor 2,133.40 

Miscellaneous 987.40 

Total , Frs. 34,650.50 

Frederic R. Coudert, 


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Child in the street of a retaken village 
of the Somme receiving sweets from a dis- 
trict visitor.